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Industrial Design (SOC CODE: 17-2112.00)

Job Description Overview

Design, develop, test, and evaluate integrated systems for managing industrial production processes, including human work factors, quality control, inventory control, logistics and material flow, cost analysis, and production coordination.

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  • Industrial Engineers
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  • Energy Engineers
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  • Industrial Engineering Technologists
  • Fire-Prevention and Protection Engineers
  • Industrial Engineering Technicians
  • Product Safety Engineers

Sample Job Duties

  • Plan and establish sequence of operations to fabricate and assemble parts or products and to promote efficient utilization.
  • Review production schedules, engineering specifications, orders, and related information to obtain knowledge of manufacturing methods, procedures, and activities.
  • Estimate production costs, cost saving methods, and the effects of product design changes on expenditures for management review, action, and control.
  • Draft and design layout of equipment, materials, and workspace to illustrate maximum efficiency using drafting tools and computer.
  • Coordinate and implement quality control objectives, activities, or procedures to resolve production problems, maximize product reliability, or minimize costs.
  • Communicate with management and user personnel to develop production and design standards.
  • Recommend methods for improving utilization of personnel, material, and utilities.
  • Develop manufacturing methods, labor utilization standards, and cost analysis systems to promote efficient staff and facility utilization.
  • Confer with clients, vendors, staff, and management personnel regarding purchases, product and production specifications, manufacturing capabilities, or project status.
  • Analyze statistical data and product specifications to determine standards and establish quality and reliability objectives of finished product.

    What Classes Do I Need to Take?

    • Industrial Design Engineering: Level I

      Technology and Health Division
      Certificate L0327

      This program is designed to prepare the student for a career in a wide range of industries including product and industrial design firms and fabrication and manufacturing companies. Students are introduced to product development from design through prototyping and fabrication for manufacturing. Portfolio or prototype development is required on each of the semester levels.

      Required Courses

      IDE 110Design Foundation-Visual Literacy3
      IDE 120Introduction to CAD3
      IDE 130Shop Processes3
      IDE 150Design Foundations3
      IDE 160Intermediate CAD3
      IDE 170Introduction to Prototyping3
      Total Units18

      Recommended Electives

      ELEC 50AElectronic Circuits - Direct Current (DC)4
      ELEC 81Laboratory Studies in Electronics Technology1-2
      MATH 51Elementary Algebra4
      PHYS 1Physics4
      WELD 30Metal Sculpture2
      WELD 40Introduction to Welding2

      Guided Pathway of Study 

    • Industrial Design Engineering: Level II

      Technology and Health Division
      Certificate L0329

      This program is designed to prepare the student for a career in a wide range of industries including product and industrial design firms and fabrication and manufacturing companies. Students are introduced to product development from design through prototyping and fabrication for manufacturing. Portfolio or prototype development is required on each of the semester levels.

      Required Courses

      Completion of the Industrial Design Engineering - Level I coursework18
      PLUS
      Completion of the Industrial Design Engineering - Level II coursework9
      Total Units27
      Industrial Design Engineering - Level I Coursework
      IDE 110Design Foundation-Visual Literacy3
      IDE 120Introduction to CAD3
      IDE 130Shop Processes3
      IDE 150Design Foundations3
      IDE 160Intermediate CAD3
      IDE 170Introduction to Prototyping3
      Total Units18
      Industrial Design Engineering - Level II Coursework
      IDE 210Advanced Media3
      IDE 220Advanced CAD3
      IDE 230Introduction to Mechanical Principles3
      Total Units9

      Recommended Electives

      ELEC 50AElectronic Circuits - Direct Current (DC)4
      ELEC 81Laboratory Studies in Electronics Technology1-2
      MATH 51Elementary Algebra4
      PHYS 1Physics4
      WELD 30Metal Sculpture2
      WELD 40Introduction to Welding2

      Guided Pathway of Study

    • Industrial Design Engineering: Level III

      Technology and Health Division
      Certificate T0328

      This program is designed to prepare the student for a career in a wide range of industries including product and industrial design firms and fabrication and manufacturing companies. Students are introduced to product development from design through prototyping and fabrication for manufacturing. Portfolio or prototype development is required on each of the semester levels. In the Level Three certificate, this will culminate in a final “senior project,” which is a portfolio that includes two and three-dimensional design, documentation (accountability measures), presentation, and fabrication. This project will demonstrate the student’s mastery of the concepts and methodologies learned during the program.

      Required Courses

      Completion of the Industrial Design Engineering - Level I coursework18
      PLUS
      Completion of the Industrial Design Engineering - Level II coursework9
      PLUS
      Completion of the Industrial Design Engineering - Level III coursework9
      Total Units36
      Industrial Design Engineering - Level I Coursework
      IDE 110Design Foundation-Visual Literacy3
      IDE 120Introduction to CAD3
      IDE 130Shop Processes3
      IDE 150Design Foundations3
      IDE 160Intermediate CAD3
      IDE 170Introduction to Prototyping3
      Total Units18
      Industrial Design Engineering - Level II Coursework
      IDE 210Advanced Media3
      IDE 220Advanced CAD3
      IDE 230Introduction to Mechanical Principles3
      Total Units9
      Industrial Design Engineering - Level III Coursework
      IDE 250Product Design and Viability6
      IDE 270Manufacturing Processes and Materials3
      Total Units9

      Recommended Electives

      ELEC 50AElectronic Circuits - Direct Current (DC)4
      ELEC 81Laboratory Studies in Electronics Technology1-2
      MATH 51Elementary Algebra4
      PHYS 1Physics4
      WELD 30Metal Sculpture2
      WELD 40Introduction to Welding2

      Guided Pathway of Study 

    • Industrial Design Engineering: AS Degree

      Technology and Health Division
      Degree S0331

      This program is designed to prepare the student for a career in a wide range of industries including product and industrial design firms and fabrication and manufacturing companies. Students are introduced to product development from design through prototyping and fabrication for manufacturing.

      Portfolio or prototype development is required on each of the semester levels. In the Level Three certificate and AS Degree course work, this will culminate in a final “senior project,” which is a portfolio that includes two and three-dimensional design, documentation (accountability measures), presentation, and fabrication. This project will demonstrate the student’s mastery of the concepts and methodologies learned during the program.

      Students desiring a Bachelor’s Degree should consult with a counselor or an educational advisor to discuss transferability of courses.

      This degree requires the completion of General Education coursework plus the following:

      Required Courses

      IDE 110Design Foundation-Visual Literacy3
      IDE 120Introduction to CAD3
      IDE 130Shop Processes3
      IDE 150Design Foundations3
      IDE 160Intermediate CAD3
      IDE 170Introduction to Prototyping3
      IDE 210Advanced Media3
      IDE 220Advanced CAD3
      IDE 230Introduction to Mechanical Principles3
      IDE 250Product Design and Viability6
      IDE 270Manufacturing Processes and Materials3
      Total Units36

      Recommended Electives

      ELEC 50AElectronic Circuits - Direct Current (DC)4
      ELEC 81Laboratory Studies in Electronics Technology1-2
      MATH 51Elementary Algebra4
      PHYS 1Physics4
      WELD 30Metal Sculpture2
      WELD 40Introduction to Welding2
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